Solved Software Install Problem - suspect HDD Conflict

March 16, 2012 at 14:52:01
Specs: MS SBS 2011, 2 AMD Opteron 2200/2300 series CPUs / 16Gb Ram
Hi Guys,

I'm trying to get a Penguin Computing Altus 1650SS up and running with MS SBS 2011, currently I am struggling to get it to recognise the SATA HDDs

The Server unit is a standard 1U 4-draw (Hot-swappable SATA) unit: (detailed on page 2)

Drive numbers 1 and 2 are identified as IDE in the BIOS, and not present.
I have no3 and no4 SATA drives filled with WD 500gb (as the recommended partition for SBS 2011 is 120Gb and the supplied drives were Seagate 75Gb).
I plan to put 2 x 1 TB drives in trays 5 and 6.

BIOS can see no3 and no4 drives and the raid config is set to raid 1 for these two drives.
When I link up a USB DVD to install Microsoft SBS 2011 it boots and starts to load files. When it tires to re-boot it then repeatedly loops 'attempting to install files'. Seeming never to recognise the two SATA drives .

I have set the boot sequence to look at the DVD then the Raid array.
I have tried enabling and disabling the on-board IDE controller with no effect

Is there a known conflict of large WD HDDs in this type of server?
Anyone has any other suggestions or something I'm not doing would be greatly appreciated...

The Server is at my place of work, while I may be able to answer some im not sure ill be able to answer all the technical questions quickly, (appreciate your patience)

Thanks in anticipation of any help,

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March 16, 2012 at 19:54:22
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dunno but you seem to need some driver support. Either controller, raid or even drive. Never heard of that computer. May have to find chipset drivers from the chip maker.

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March 16, 2012 at 20:35:17
Does the SBS support multiple cpus?

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March 17, 2012 at 14:21:52
Thanks Jefro,

ITs a Megatrends Mobo, i'll start hunting on controller, raid or even drive and the NVIDIA nForce 3600 Professional chipset driver as well.

Many thanks for your direction.


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March 17, 2012 at 14:27:58
Wizard Fred,

it says that SBS 2011 will support 4 sockets and each socket/processor can be multi-cored,

The server has 2 AMD Opteron 2200 series CPUs. It is my understanding that this should be compatible?

Many thanks


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